Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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The Fakir of Venice
It’s a wonder that a film that was made over a decade ago, gets released, though, The Fakir Of Venice could well have gone straight to a streaming platform. In the interim, Farhan Akhtar has zoomed up the Bollywood pyramid, Annu Kapoor has, sort of, missed the movie bus, and director Anand Surapur remained dormant. The film could have been a satire on...
Kaalchakra by Om Katare
Om Katare’s group Yatri is in the midst of a theatre festival celebrating the group’s fortieth anniversary, which is no mean achievement. Among the roster of comedies and social dramas like Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Chinta Chhod Chintamani and Ravanleela that mark the group’s crowd-pleasing repertoire is the serious Kaalchakra which is, amazingly, Yatri’s most-watched and longest running play. There are people who have seen it...
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
A mainstream film, with popular stars venturing into the LGBTQ space is cause for a hurrah, even if it is potholed with problems. Even if first time director Shelley Chopra Dhar wants to be politically correct and couch the message of acceptance of alternative sexuality in froth, there are a few areas on contention. Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) is the Moga-based...
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The Peppermill is a must-visit in Bandra. It offers a large bar, good food including bar snacks, soups, pizza, sandwiches and music. Went because I was nearby and accompanied by a very hungry friend. We were pleasantly surprised. We ordered from a fairly expansive (but photocopied) menu: Pepperoni Thin Crust Pizza (yum yum!) served on a lovely wooden platter and cut into...
This one is dedicated to Bollywood beauties that love to dress in western as well as Indian high fashion labels and strike a pose for the paparazzi for whom it seems they are dressing up everyday. But ladies, the dress may be high fashion but does your pose match the couture creation’s beauty? “Strike a pose,” said Madonna in...
Kutle Khan at Sound of the Desert - Rajasthan folk music
The energy at the Royal Opera House was infectious. Many in the audience were stunned by instruments like the wooden clapper khartal, the bowed kamaicha and the double flute algoza. In their bright ghaghras, two ghoomar dancers added to the magic. For over 90 minutes, singer Kutle Khan and his troupe enthralled with their performance of Rajasthani folk music. Presented...
India flag - Best Hindi Patriotic songs
Every year, television channels and radio stations play patriotic songs on Independence Day and Republic Day. These songs are sung in schools, offices and colony functions. Normally, people tend to sing older songs like ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ and ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida’. The newer songs get lesser airplay. Hence, in this list, we have chosen a mix of classics...
Rubaru Roshni An Aamir Khan Production
Forgiveness is seen as a passive quality at a time when revenge is glorified.  But it requires courage too, says Rubaru Roshni, a feature-length documentary, directed by Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, for telecast on Republic Day. It tells three stories of perpetrators of a killing and how that one thoughtless act impacted their own...
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi featuring Kangana Ranaut
The ‘Khoob ladi mardani’ aspect of the Rani of Jhansi is part of Indian consciousness, since she is just about the only female leader of her time who has made it to the history books. If a film is to be made about her in so many years after her death, it should either be faithful to history, or there...
Bal Thackeray movie
There is a scene in Abhijit Phanse’s Thackeray, in which the leader is a pall-bearer of one of his followers killed in a violent agitation. This simple act of solidarity with the rank and file explains a lot about what turned a cartoonist and journalist into one of the most controversial leaders of Maharashtra. The slim, bespectacled Bal Thackeray (played almost...
The cafe by Foodhall Linking road bandravideo
Visited the huge, spanking new Foodhall at Linking Road, Santacruz. And obviously, after being wowed by the high quality, international foods stocked at the Foodhall, we had to eat at the café. The cafe looks completely international and has a fairly extensive menu for a quick meal or a snack. Located in the basement, it has its own entrance so...
Nidhi Munim Swimwearvideo
There was a time a few decades ago when shopping for swimwear was an expensive exercise – one had to go abroad for a good brand and fit. All that has now changed and how? One of the popular swimwear brands belongs to a petit, dynamic, designer, Nidhi Munim who has created quite a stir by turning women into Aqua...
Namamee Music and Dancevideo
Namamee was an evening of music and dance featuring Niladri Kumar on the sitar and Zitar (his homegrown musical creation) and an Odissi dance recital by Shubhada Varadkar and her senior students. The Odissi performance, using audio- visuals and dance, traced Swami Vivekananda’s Journey to Divinity. As a Karmayogi, preaching those values in the country, Swamiji believed in ‘Salvation...
Mumbai Drum Day 2019video
THE stage at St Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra, was crammed with snare drums, timbales, bongos, congadrums, tom-toms, shakers, djembes, a solitary tabla and a thousand cymbals. In the audience, a youngster quipped, “Where’s the place for the musicians?” Now in its fourth year, Mumbai Drum Day attracted a packed hall on Friday, January 18. For three hours without an interval, the...
Why Cheat India movie review
दीपा गहलोत ‘व्हॉई चीट इंडिया’ में भारत की शिक्षा प्रणाली की जो समस्या दिखाने की कोशिश की है , दरअसल ये व्यवस्था उससे कहीं ज्यादा गहरे दलदल में है। शिक्षा प्रणाली की इस सड़ांध को फिल्म के अंत में आंकड़ों के जरिए दिखाने की कोशिश की गई है लेकिन फिल्म की कहानी ही लापरवाह और स्वार्थी है जिसमें यही दिखाने...
Bombariya movie review featuring Radhika Apte
दीपा गहलोत पहली बार निर्देशक में कदम रख रहीं पिया सुकन्या का बॉम्बैरिया जैसी दुस्साहसी फिल्म बनाने की कोशिश करना ही तारीफ के काबिल है क्योंकि कहानी में इतने किरदार हैं और उन सबमें इतना कुछ चल रहा है कि उसे एक कसी हुई फिल्म के तौर पर पर्दे पर उतारना बड़े बड़े निर्देशकों के लिए भी लगभग असंभव है। कुछ...
Sharman Joshi in The Play That Goes Wrong
दीपा गहलोत अभी दर्शक थियेटर में आ ही रहे थे कि कास्ट्यूम पहने कुछ अभिनेता एक कुत्ते को खोज करते दिखते हैं  जिसे नाटक में होना था लेकिन भाग गया, भक्ति गानों की एक सीडी भी गायब थी और नाटक के ही दो अभिनेता आखिरी समय में भी सेट को सुधारते ही दिखते हैं क्योंकि सेट पर कुछ ना कुछ...
Ballygunge 1990 - Love is an endless mystery play review
Delhi-based theatre producer, director and writer, Atul Satya Koushik has been bringing his productions to Mumbai regularly. His plays, belonging to diverse genres from mythologicals to comedies and family dramas.  His latest, Ballygunge 1990- Love is an endless mystery, is a taut 85-minute thriller that runs without a break or blackout. The title places the story in a particular place and...
Bombariya movie review featuring Radhika Apte
For a first-time director – Pia Sukanya-- to even attempt a film like Bombairiya is as admirable as it is foolhardy, because a plot in which multiple characters run riot for too small a payoff, is next to impossible to pull off even for experienced filmmakers. If, after some minutes of random chaos, the audience starts going Huh? What? instead of getting...
Why Cheat India movie review
The problem with India’s education system is far deeper than what Why Cheat India can even attempt to get at. The extent of the rot is conveyed through a list of statistics at the end of the film, but the plot itself is merrily cynical, with the attitude that everybody is corrupt if the price is right. Our culture seems to...
2.0 movie RajiniKanth Akshay Kumar

CGI Gobbledygook

It has been seen in recent months that a spectacle is not enough to satisfy the audience. While a star like Rajinikanth with his...
Women of Rythmvideo

Pathbreaking Percussionists

In its third edition, the ‘Women Of Rhythm' concert featured 12 stunning talents from age 16 to 60 saw a reasonably packed St Andrew’s...
John DiMartino jazz

Blast from the Jazz Past

There's something special, enchanting and nostalgic about old-school jazz. Tunes from the Great American Songbook, the masterly compositions of Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin and...